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Trade Days opens Saturday

June 8, 2012

STANTON — At least three times a year, the sleepy West Texas hamlet of Stanton becomes the epicenter of the shopping world. Old Sorehead Trade Days returns Saturday and Sunday.

According to officials with the city of Stanton, a dizzying array of vendors — hocking everything from antiques to the latest fashions — will descend on the town for the weekend-long event.

Organizers, however, say it's the food that draws many Crossroads residents to the event.

The trade days will feature two “food court” areas for visitors to check out, with the first located by the single traffic light near First National Bank and Stanton Drug, and a second area near the Stanton Community Center.

“Many visitors come to the trade days just to sample the dishes the food vendors have to offer,” Shawna Burch, spokesperson for the event, said. “All kinds of food are available. Curly fries, funnel cakes, turkey legs, roasted corn, seafood and Mexican food. There are all kinds of soft drinks and bottled waters in the food court areas.”

Old Sorehead Trade Days will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and continue until 6 p.m., resuming Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

“Scattered around the town, a visitor may find just about anything from trash to rare collectibles,” Burch said. “We’ll have antiques for sale in the Antiques on Main store and throughout the trade days — Coca-Cola collectibles, oil signs, wagon wheels — if you can dream of it, it’s most likely at Old Sorehead Trade Days.”

For those that aren’t familiar with the streets of Stanton, trade days volunteers will be on duty to help direct visitors to the different areas, including parking areas for the handicapped and overflow parking. Golf carts also will be available to help get shoppers to and from their vehicles.

Lindsey said those wanting to take in the entire affair may want plan on spending quite a bit of time in Stanton.

“If you want to see everything at the Old Sorehead Trade Days, you need to plan to come early and stay late,” she said. “Admission is free and anyone who needs information on the event can call our trade days hotline at 432-756-2006, or visit us on the Web at www.stantontex.com.”

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